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COVID-19 Coding Q&A: CPT®, HCPCS, and ICD-10-CM News for Coronavirus Coding

12. March 2020

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A lot of information is appearing very fast about COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019), and medical coders have the extra challenge of sorting through the onslaught to find the bits relevant to coding claims related to testing and treatment. This Q&A brings together the latest authoritative news about coding for COVID-19.   Term tip: COVID-19, a […]

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Use New Vaping ICD-10-CM Code U07.0 Starting April 1, 2020

27. January 2020

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Diagnosis coding for vaping-related disorders has been a hot topic lately. It’s so hot, that you’re getting a new ICD-10-CM code to be implemented on the unusual date of April 1, 2020, instead of with the usual Oct. 1 update. Start preparing with these tips. Where Can You Find a U Code in ICD-10-CM? Let’s […]

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E/M 2021: Grasp the Future Roles of Time and MDM for Accurate Coding

13. January 2020

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Evaluation and management (E/M) code descriptors for office and other outpatient visits will look a lot different in the 2021 CPT® code set. One of the first steps in preparing for this major overhaul is understanding how medical decision making (MDM) and time will affect 99202-99215 in 2021. Quick background: The American Medical Association (AMA), […]

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99473 and 99474: Focus on 2020’s New Self-Measured BP Monitoring Codes

9. January 2020

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The clinical setting may not be the best place to get an accurate blood pressure reading, and two new CPT® 2020 codes are here to help. Medical codes 99473 and 99474 apply to self-measured blood pressure services. Here’s what you need to know. 1. Review the Codes and Descriptors Getting to know any new codes […]

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Take the CPT® 2020 5-Question Challenge

30. December 2019

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January 1 is bringing roughly 400 CPT® code changes. See if you’re ready with this quick medical coding quiz, including links to previous SuperCoder blog posts where you can find the answers. Start Here With the Questions for 2020 Code Changes Question 1: CPT® 2020 is introducing new online digital evaluation and management (E/M) codes […]

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HCPCS 2020: Don’t Miss These 5 C Code Changes for Drugs

12. December 2019

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If you report HCPCS Level II C codes for drugs, there are a handful of changes coming Jan. 1, 2020, that you’ll want to know. Here’s what’s being added and deleted for lefamulin, brexanolone, levoleucovorin, and iodine I-131 iobenguane. Reminder: HCPCS Level II C codes, meaning codes that start with the letter C, were originally […]

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Translate CPT® 2020 Tissue Grafting Code Descriptors for Accurate Claims

5. December 2019

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“Other” tissue graft code 20926 turned into a sort of catch-all code over the years, but that will change with the CPT® 2020 code set. On Jan. 1, 2020, you’ll have five new medical codes to use in place of 20926. Be ready with these helpful pointers. Look at 15769-15774 Instead of 20926 In the […]

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Prepare for 2020 GI CPT® Codes With a Radiology Focus

25. November 2019

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Many of the CPT® 2020 changes that affect gastroenterology medical coders relate to radiological services. Don’t let these imaging updates slow you down when the codes change Jan. 1, 2020. Which Hemorrhoidectomy Code Is Moving From Cat. III to Cat. I? The first series of gastro code changes are for internal hemorrhoidectomy by ligation other […]

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See What’s New for HCPCS Level II J and Q Codes in 2020

18. November 2019

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You’re using ICD-10-CM 2020, and you’ve had some time to prepare for CPT® 2020. But now the HCPCS Level II 2020 code set is out for medical coders to review, too! Let’s take a look at some J and Q code changes coming your way Jan. 1, 2020. The Os Have It! Ophthalmology and Oncology […]

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Highlight E/M, Opioid Use Treatment, PAs, and Single-Disease Care in 2020 MPFS Final Rule

11. November 2019

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Medicare has released the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) for 2020. Let’s see how it stacks up against some of the proposals from Medicare that we looked at back in August. Expect Separate Payment for E/M Office Levels in 2021 Even though we’re still in 2019, a lot of us have 2021 E/M coding changes […]

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